Before coming to enduraLAB, Megan did mostly cardio for her workouts. She was content with her routine until her husband started coming to enduraLAB. She was persuaded to give the LAB and try and decided to hop on the train. She has since seen increases in her strength and endurance. Her advice to anyone starting new would be to “Stick to the process and do the workouts you don’t want to do or the movements that you aren’t familiar with. It’s all a part of making you so much stronger than you ever thought you could be. “
What brought you to enduraLAB?
My husband started coming to the lab after hell week in 2020, so he brought me and I loved it!
What did your workout routine look like before joining the LAB?
It was heavy cardio, distance running, and the only weight lifting I did was to target my glutes. I stayed at the same weight for years because I wasn't focusing on strengthening my whole body, and didn't take my overall fitness more seriously than my endurance in my runs.
What healthy changes have you made since joining the LAB?
Since joining the lab, I've seen overall increases in my strength and endurance in every lift and workout. I am overall a better athlete since coming to the lab and have pushed and challenged myself more through the programming than I ever did on my own. I can lift more and run faster than I ever have from doing the programming. I've realized too how healthy eating and eating the right foods play into my workout and fuel my muscle both in build and recovery, which has made a huge difference.
Tell us what you do outside of the LAB?
I work for an international organization called 4africa which focuses on clean water and leadership development ministries in South Sudan and Uganda. My job is to connect with individuals and other like-minded organizations (churches, corporations, foundations) to partner in the work we’re doing. I really love my job!
When I’m not working, I love coming to the lab, reading a good book, or doing anything outdoors. We take national park trips every year to hit the recharge button so we especially love hiking and camping. I love cooking and I make a pretty darn good spicy margarita ;)
How have you grown as an athlete since joining the LAB? Brag a little.
I had a new PR for deadlift at 215# at NOLD (I was over the moon) and I hit a 7:15 mile, which I hadn't run in probably 10 years. I've also significantly increased weight in the bench press and front squat. What has been especially encouraging for me is that I feel so thankful for my body and how strong it has gotten! I'm stronger than I ever realized I could be.
What is a goal you have set for yourself in the next 6 months?
I would love to be able to do 75 double unders unbroken and hit 235 on my one rep max on the deadlift.
What is your favorite enduraLAB event or program?
Buds and Suds! I love getting people together in the community to come for one huge workout and then hang out after over some good beer. I also loved Buns and Guns because I'm always trying to target my glutes.
What advice would you have for a new person starting at enduraLAB?
Stick to the process and do the workouts you don’t want to do or the movements that you aren’t familiar with. It’s all a part of making you so much stronger than you ever thought you could be. Also, the community and the coaches are incredible and unlike any other gym I’ve been to. I would also tell them if they weren’t a member yet, then they should absolutely start coming regularly and become a member ;)
If we had a workout in honor of you, what would it be called and what would it consist of?
Third Ward in honor of Beyoncé's home in Houston, and it would be focused on glutes/thrusters/sumo deadlift with an accessory doing a mix of cardio/DU/whatever else Isis could make fun. The playlist would be Beyoncé's homecoming album- duh.
Favorite cheat meal/restaurant in D/FW?
Today, probably Velvet Taco or Salsa Limon. It changes!
Current read / podcast? Pump up song?
Current read: East of Eden by John Steinbeck and the Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Homer. Not a big podcast girl these days but I'm loving Matthew McConaughey's memoir audiobook. Pump up song is currently Burry Me Face Down by Grandson.